Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent - Exodus 32:7-14
“Go down at once to your people
whom you brought out of the land of Egypt,
for they have become depraved.
They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them,
making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it,
sacrificing to it and crying out,
‘This is your God, O Israel,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt!’
The LORD said to Moses,
“I see how stiff-necked this people is.
Let me alone, then,
that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.
Then I will make of you a great nation.”
But Moses implored the LORD, his God, saying,
“Why, O LORD, should your wrath blaze up against your own people,
whom you brought out of the land of Egypt
with such great power and with so strong a hand?
Why should the Egyptians say,
‘With evil intent he brought them out,
that he might kill them in the mountains
and exterminate them from the face of the earth’?
Let your blazing wrath die down;
relent in punishing your people.
Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel,
and how you swore to them by your own self, saying,
‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky;
and all this land that I promised,
I will give your descendants as their perpetual heritage.’“
So the LORD relented in the punishment
he had threatened to inflict on his people.
[Eż:32:7] Il-Mulej qal lil Mosè: “Mur u inżel, għaliex tħassar il-poplu tiegħek, li inti tellajt mill-Eġittu. [Eż:32:8] Malajr warrbu mit-triq li jiena wrejthom: għamlu għalihom għoġol tal-metall imdewweb, niżlu wiċċhom fl-art iqimuh, u offrewlu sagrifiċċju u qalu: 'Dawn huma l-allat tiegħek, Iżrael, li tellgħuk mill-art ta' l-Eġittu.’ ” [Eż:32:9] U l-Mulej issokta jgħid lil Mosè: “Jiena ħarist lejn dan il-poplu, u rajt li hu poplu ta' ras iebsa. [Eż:32:10] Ħallini waħdi, issa, ħalli nixgħel il-korla tiegħi għalihom u neqridhom. U lilek nagħmlek ġens kbir.”